Maitake is a mushroom delicacy eaten as part of traditional cuisines around the world, but it's more recently been discovered for its therapeutic potential. When taken as a supplement, Maitake is often used in larger doses, which begs the question–what are the side effects of Maitake?
Let's discuss what you need to know about Maitake side effects before adding it to your daily wellness routine:
Maitake mushrooms are thought to be safe for most people. In fact, Maitake is commonly eaten both raw and cooked as a part of a healthy diet. In almost all cases, the potential benefits of Maitake supplementation outweigh the possible risks. Still, there are some rare possible side effects to be aware of.
Based on anecdotal reports and what we know about medicinal mushrooms, side effects may include:
In some cases, medicinal mushrooms could lower your blood pressure. This risk is higher if you have diabetes, and you should consult your doctor about how Maitake may impact your blood pressure.
Although it is rare, some people experience a mushroom allergy. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Maitake mushrooms may include:
In some cases, medicinal mushrooms like Maitake may interact with certain OTC and prescription medications, which could reduce their efficiency. We'll discuss this more below.
Research regarding Maitake Drug interactions is limited, but experts suggest that it may interact with certain medications because of its tendency to increase bleeding. You should be cautious when taking Maitake with blood thinning medications, such as certain prescriptions or aspirin. You may also need to avoid taking Maitake before surgery since it may increase bleeding.
Although there is not any research to help us specifically identify which drugs Maitake may have interactions with, we do know that herbal supplements and medicinal mushrooms may interact with some of the following:
You should discuss Maitake with your doctor before starting a dosage routine if you already take one or more prescription medications daily. In many cases, Maitake is safe to take, but your dosage and dosing routine must be altered. Work with your doctor to pay attention to any Maitake side effects when combining it with other supplements and medications.
Nope! Maitake mushrooms do not directly impact the body's hormone release in the same manner as many habit-forming pharmaceuticals. In other words, Maitake has no more potential to be addictive than any of your favorite foods.
Most people can take Maitake without complication, and the mushroom is frequently eaten raw or prepared as part of traditional cuisines. Some experts advise against Maitake supplementation for the following people:
Yes, Maitake can be taken daily. In fact, it's necessary to take Maitake daily to enjoy its full benefits.
Maitake does not produce any instantaneous effects. Instead it needs to be taken daily for 2-4 weeks to experience its full benefits.
No. Some people confuse the term "medicinal mushroom" with psychoactive or hallucinogenic effects, but Maitake produces no such effects. Maitake will not get you high or produce any cognitive impairments.
Maitake mushroom might act as a blood thinner, which means it should not be combined with other blood thinning medications like warfarin (Coumadin) or aspirin. It could increase your chance of bleeding and should not be used within two weeks of a scheduled surgery.
Maitake may decrease blood sugar, and should therefore not be used alongside medications used to control diabetes. Work with a doctor to monitor your blood sugar when taking Maitake if you suffer from irregular blood sugar levels.
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